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Friday, December 23, 2016

The Core Mechanisms of Buddhist Spirituality

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dr Bruno Cayoun will be giving a talk on "The Core Mechanisms of Buddhist Spirituality" at The Theosophical Society 2017 National Convention. If you are in Hobart, we hope to see you there.

  This talk is open to members of the public.  Organised by The Theosophical Society as part of the 2017 National Convention

  Sunday 22 January 2017

  4:00pm - 5:30pm

  University of Tasmania, 20 College Rd, Sandy Bay Campus

  Speaker: Bruno Cayoun

Why Meditate? The differential roles of attention, awareness and mindfulness

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Over the past two decades, much has been said about the nature, mechanisms and roles of mindfulness. Yet, some conceptualisations and their derived clinical packages display an obvious lack of differentiation between mindfulness, awareness and attention. Here, Dr Bruno Cayoun, director of MiCBT Institute in Hobart, shows clinicians how to develop, study and teach mindfulness.

Most of us have read or heard that mindfulness involves paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). Although elegant in its economy, this definition has led to erroneous interpretations and methods far enough removed from the original meaning to make the Buddha weep if he were alive today. Anything goes, from paying attention to the flowers in your backyard to paddling on your surfboard…and why not learn mindfulness from your dog? Indeed, there is so much confusion and unintentional abuse of the word that many well-intended newcomers to mindfulness are often limited to engage in a process of relaxation, where group sessions often turn into a snoring full article here

Breathe in, breathe out

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wonderful feedback on the work our trainer, Alia Offman, is doing for her local school. Attached is a copy of an article written up in the local paper about the mindful schools program. See also the email below from the classroom teacher. 

"Hi Alia, 

I just read the article that was in the Perth Courier. What an awesome article and wonderful pictures! 

It was really interesting to read what you had to say and I think the importance of the sessions really shine through. 

Like I mentioned today, the class is taking the things you are teaching us in the lessons and applying it to their own lives. Just this afternoon we were rehearsing for the Remembrance Day assembly and all of the students made a point to walk mindfully to the front of the gym as they prepared to sing their song. 

We use the bell that you gave us often. After we've finished one activity we collect our thoughts with mindful breathing and prepare ourselves to move onto another activity. I know I can speak for the class when I say that we all really enjoy these times and everyone takes part. We are all so focused on breathing and our bodies that the environment becomes very calm (almost instantly) and we are all ready for our next activity. The students are so focused that I am sometimes reluctant to begin the next activity because they are just so peaceful!

Thank you! 

Kate " 

Alia adds "The other day she told me a wonderful story about the children and their mindfulness. They had had a very noisy and lively rehearsal of a song and after they had lined up and returned to the classroom she had followed a few seconds afterward. She found them sitting on the mat in a circle practicing their breathing - completely unprompted (these are 4 & 5 year olds!)"

Annual MiCBT Teachers' Meeting

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Institute's annual MiCBT Teachers' meeting was held yesterday in Melbourne. Jon flew in from New Zealand, and Andrea joined us online from Canada. Stay tuned for some important announcements regarding MiCBT training and certification! 

 From l-r: Jon, Alice, Mikako, Sally, Bruno.

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